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Howard J. Luks, MD

Howard J. Luks, MD

A Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Hawthorne, NY. Dr. Howard Luks specializes in the treatment of the shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle. He has a very "social" patient centric approach and believes that the more you understand about your issue, the more informed your decisions will be. Ultimately your treatments and his recommendations will be based on proper communications, proper understanding, and shared decision-making principles – all geared to improve your quality of life.

4 comments on “The Peroneal Nerve and Leg Pain

  • Hoping doc looks at this from time to time.
    I went to a neighbor’s fire works years ago. A rocket hit me in the knee.
    I went to the doc but didn’t want to say I was hit with fireworks.
    I just said I fell.
    Both before that and after, my legs go ‘dead” in the bath tub
    and in swimming. Now I am 80 ish and have something close to foot drop and
    having been falling without using a cane when I should. I can’t really tell if
    it is both legs or one. Wonder which tests might be best? I have a pacemaker to boot!!
    thanks for any one’s input
    Lew

    • HI Lew…
      There are many reasons why an 80-year-old might have a foot drop. Some issues are related to the lumbar spine and some are related to the nerve further down the leg. You need to a good exam to determine which it might be. Tests like an MRI might be useful, and a nerve test called an EMG might be useful. Which test you need will be based on your physical examination.

      Good luck

  • I would love to think that this may help even one person. I am a 79 year old male. Both knees have been professionaly diagnosed as ” shot” due to many years of running however i walk ok and pain free . excepting that is for a pain that was developing in my outer lower right leg exactly as described in above artical re Peroneal Nerve. By accident i found a tender spot on the outer side just below my knee and gently massaged it with finger tips until tender no more. That was several days ago and i am delighted that i have had no lower leg pain since. Just felt i would like to pass this on ……. Thanks John Webber NZ

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